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The Enchanted Wilderness of Coastal British Columbia — Wildlife Viewing

Program Number: 12401RJ
Start and End Dates:
9/14/2014 - 9/20/2014; 9/21/2014 - 9/27/2014;
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Victoria, British Columbia
Price starting at: $1,754.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Science & Nature
Meals: 16; 6 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches, 5 Dinners    

Famous for 200 resident orca, transient minke and humpback whales, bears and birds, majestic scenery and rich ecology, Vancouver Island and the Johnstone Straits offer visitors premier marine, freshwater and terrestrial wildlife viewing. Led by environmental professionals, experience the amazing terrestrial and marine flora and fauna of the area. See up close the rich biodiversity with biologists and environmentalists on field trips to several varied habitats at pristine wildlife reserves and parks, on land and sea.




Highlights

• See black and grizzly bears fishing and feeding as you watch from the safety of viewing platforms.
• Ply the seas of the Juan de Fuca Straights for a glimpse of healthy populations of orcas and sea lions.
• Embark on a naturalist-led walk to Beacon Hill Park and learn about characteristics of coastal rainforests and common plants and animals.



Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles over varied terrain.




Date Specific Information

9-14-2014

Our focus on Day 5 will be Grizzly Bears. We travel by boat to the Orford River estuary where our First Nations Guides will transport you to viewing platforms where you can spend three hours watching these magnificent creatures in their natural surroundings
Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



9-21-2014

Our focus on Day 5 will be Grizzly Bears. We travel by boat to the Orford River estuary where our First Nations Guides will transport you to viewing platforms where you can spend three hours watching these magnificent creatures in their natural surroundings.
Enjoy the latest in hearing technology — listening devices — on this date.



Itinerary Summary

Independent arrival Victoria, 2 nights; coach to Courtenay (North Vancouver Island), 3 nights; coach to Victoria, 1 night; independent departure.




Victoria

This provincial capital on Vancouver Island is blessed with spectacular scenery and a mild climate year-round. Home to Butchart Gardens and the Empress Hotel, Victoria is rich in First Nations history, marine coastal ecosystems, cultural attractions and European charm that dates to its years spent under British colonial rule.



Accommodations
Victoria: Superb downtown hotel a short stroll from the renowned Inner Harbour and cultural centers. Courtenay: Comfortable hotel with swimming pool.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Kathy Campbell

Kathy Campbell earned a bachelor’s in fisheries and aquatic science at the University of Victoria. A professional biologist and environmental educator for more than 20 years, she is currently research and development manager for Innovative Aquaculture, a shellfish hatchery and production facility on Lasqueti Island. Kathy has also worked as a park naturalist, wilderness and grizzly bear guide, and environmental coordinator.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Harbour Towers Hotel & Suites
  Victoria, BC 2 nights
   Harbour Towers Hotel & Suites or Travelodge Courtenay
  Courtenay, BC 1 night
   Travelodge Courtenay
  Courtenay, BC 2 nights
   Harbour Towers Hotel & Suites
  Victoria, BC 1 night
 Harbour Towers Hotel & Suites
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: At Harbour Towers Hotel & Suites in Victoria we understand the smallest detail can make the difference between a good stay and a great stay. Our friendly and knowledgeable Guest Service Associates, Concierge and Guest Experience Leader are all here to ensure your visit with us is enjoyable. Whether travelling on business or leisure, we offer a full service hotel experience, from relaxing in our indoor heated pool or hot tub, to enjoying a perfectly grilled steak or a refreshing cocktail in Vic's Steakhouse & Bar. Explore the services and amenities we offer to make your stay comfortable, relaxing and memorable.
  Contact info: 345 Quebec Street
Victoria, BC V8V 1W4 Canada
phone: 800-663-5896
web: www.harbourtowers.com
  Room amenities: Complimentary high speed Internet access, working desk, Cable TV, Iron & ironing board, Hairdryer, Voicemail, Complimentary coffee station.
  Facility amenities: Fitness centre, business centre, coin-operated washer and dryer, vending machines featuring beverages, frozen foods and toiletries. ATM on-site.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: Contact hotel for current rate A reduced room rate is available 3 days before and after the program (based on availability) for Road Scholar participants - ask the front desk for the Road Scholar rate when you contact the hotel.
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Contact hotel for current rate A reduced room rate is available 3 days before and after the program (based on availability) for Road Scholar participants - ask the front desk for the Road Scholar rate when you contact the hotel.
  Check out time: 10:00 AM

 Travelodge Courtenay
Type: Hotel
  Description: The hotel is conveniently located next to shopping, restaurants, a movie theater and all of your favorite leisure pursuits. Nearby is a paved walkway that runs along the Courtenay River and the estuary. The section along the estuary offer excellent opportunities for viewing many species of birds and is a popular place for walkers, cyclists and rollerbladers.
  Contact info: 2605 Cliffe Avenue
Courtenay, BC V9N 2L8 Canada
phone: 250-334-4491 xor18007959
web: www.travelodge.ca/property/travelodge-courtenay
  Room amenities: In-Room Movies, New Releases On-Demand Free In-room Coffee Voicemail Air Conditioning (in some rooms) Mini-Fridge & Microwave (in some rooms) Kitchenettes Pet Friendly Rooms Iron and Ironing board in some rooms Free Wi-Fi
  Facility amenities: Outdoor seasonal pool, free Globe & Mail newspaper in the lobby, Free Wi-Fi, same day laundry service.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Program starts at 4:30 at hotel in Victoria, BC. Check-in after 4:00 p.m. You will be staying at Harbour Towers Hotel & Suites that night.
  End of Program:
Departures from Victoria, BC after breakfast. Check-out is 11:00 a.m. You will be staying at Harbour Towers Hotel & Suites the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. PASSPORTS: Passport requirements are subject to change. Visit www.travel.state.gov/travel/cbpmc/cbpmc_2223.html for up-to-date info.
  Parking availability:
Parking is free at our hotel.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Victoria, BC
  Nearest city or town:  Vancouver, BC
  Nearest highway: Highway #1 (Trans Canada Highway)
  Nearest airport:  Victoria International Airport
  From End of Program
  Location: Victoria, BC
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details
 

Victoria

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
YYJ Airport Shuttle
phone: 778-351-4995
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $21 + tax
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 - 30 minutes 

   

Shuttles operate from 4:00 am until midnight or until last flight clearshttp://www.yyjairportshuttle.com/. Taxis are also available - approximately $50.00 CDN.

 

Victoria

 

From Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
City Bus

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$2 - $3 Cdn
Prices are subject to change.

   

Pacific Coach Lines picks up at scheduled stops in Vancouver (including Vancouver Airport) and goes onto the ferry to Victoria, then on to the main bus station. Contact PCL at 1-800-661-1725 or visit www.pacificcoach.com City bus or taxi from bus station to the hotel.

 

Victoria

 

From Ferry Landing

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$5 - $6 CDN (per taxi)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

5 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

Walking distance to hotel.

   

The Victoria Clipper passenger ferry is from Seattle from Victoria's Inner Harbour. Travel time is 2 ½ hours. For more information, schedules and current fares please call 1-800-888-2535 or visit www.victoriaclipper.com

 

Victoria

 

From Ferry Landing

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$2 - $3 bus from Sidney ferry terminal
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 Minutes from Victoria Terminal (Swartz Bay) to hotel 

   

Ferry from mainland/Vancouver to Victoria with BC Ferries. Check www.bcferries.com for current schedule and fare information or call 888-223-3779. City bus available from the ferry landing in Sidney, BC to downtown Victoria.

 

Victoria

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Hotel Shuttle
YYJ Airport Shuttle
phone: 778-351-4995
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approximately $21 + tax
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

20 - 30 minutes 

   

Shuttles operate from 4:00 am until midnight or until last flight clears. http://www.yyjairportshuttle.com/. Taxis are also available - approximately $50.00 CDN.

 

Victoria

 

To Bus Terminal

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$5 - 6 CDN (per taxi); $2 - 3 City bus
Prices are subject to change.

 

Distance:

 

5 - 10 minutes

   

Taxi (or city bus) from the hotel to the bus terminal in Victoria. Pacific Coach Lines offers coach service from Victoria to Vancouver; the bus goes onto the ferry to Vancouver (airport and downtown) to the central bus station. Contact PCL at 1-800-661-1725 or visit www.pacificcoach.com

 

Victoria

 

To Ferry Landing

 
 

Service:

 

Public Transportation
Victoria Transit

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$2 - 3
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

30 Minutes from hotel to the Ferry Terminal in Sidney, BC (Swartz Bay) 

   

City bus available from downtown Victoria to the ferry terminal in Sidney, BC (Swartz Bay). The ferry leaves from Sidney for the Vancouver (BC Ferries). Check www.bcferries.com for current schedule and fare information or call 888-223-3779.

 

Victoria

 

To Ferry Landing

 
 

Service:

 

Taxi

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$5 - $6 CDN (per taxi)
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

5 minutes 

   

Taxi (or walk) to the ferry terminal in in Inner Harbour to board the Victoria Clipper passenger ferry to Seattle, WA. Travel time is 2 ½ hours. For more information, schedules and current fares please call 1-800-888-2535 or visit www.victoriaclipper.com

 
Driving Directions
  Anacortes, WA Ferry From the Anacortes,WA ferry arrival in Sidney - via Hwy 17 into Victoria. Exit with all traffic from the terminal - take a sharp left to the corner, and left again, following the waterfront. Then take a right to enter the highway - left at that light on the highway - following the signs into Victoria. You are on Hwy 17 that leads straight into Victoria - it takes about 25 minutes. Follow this Highway into the city where it becomes Blanshard Street. Keep going straight through town, until Blanshard curves to the Right and becomes Belleville Street. Continue on Belleville, passing the Royal BC Museum and the BC Parliament Buildings on your Left. Turn left at the second intersection after this onto Oswego Street and then the First Right on Quebec Street. The Hotel is on your Left on the corner.
  Port Angeles, WA Ferry From the Port Angeles Ferry - that takes cars and passengers from Port Angeles on the Olympic Peninsula.. These ferries dock in the Inner Harbour on Belleville Street. The Hotel is directly one block over. Turn off Belleville onto Oswego Street and then the First Right on Quebec Street. The Hotel is on your Left on the corner.
  Schwartz Bay Ferry Exit with all traffic off BC Ferries - you are on Hwy 17 that leads straight into Victoria - it takes about 35 minutes. Follow this Highway into the city where it becomes Blanshard Street. Keep going straight through town, until Blanshard curves to the Right and becomes Belleville Street. Continue on Belleville, passing the Royal BC Museum and the BC Parliament Buildings on your Left. Turn left at the second intersection after this onto Oswego Street and then the First Right on Quebec Street. The Hotel is on your Left on the corner.
  Seattle WA Ferry Board the Victoria Clipper (walk on only) at Seattle and disembark at the Inner Harbour Victoria, BC. Take a taxi or walk to the hotel. (www.victoriaclipper.com)
  Victoria Airport Exit the airport and follow the signs into Victoria. You are on Hwy 17 that leads straight into Victoria - it takes about 25 minutes. Follow this Highway into the city where it becomes Blanshard Street. Keep going straight through town, until Blanshard curves to the Right and becomes Belleville Street. Continue on Belleville, passing the Royal BC Museum and the BC Parliament Buildings on your Left. Turn left at the second intersection after this onto Oswego Street and then the First Right on Quebec Street. The Hotel is on your Left on the corner.
  Victoria Clipper Passenger Ferry This is a passenger only ferry with service to Seattle. These ferries dock in the Inner Harbour on Belleville Street. The Hotel is directly one block over. Turn off Belleville onto Oswego Street and then the First Right on Quebec Street. The Hotel is on your Left on the corner.
Elevation Note: This program remains at sea level.

Equipment Requirements: All necessary equipment is supplied. Participants might wish to bring binoculars and camera.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival & Check-In/Orientation/Welcome Dinner
(Sunday, September 14)
   
 Arrive To: Arrivals to the hotel in Victoria. Check-in after 4:00 p.m. Program orientation in hotel meeting room starts at 4:30 p.m.


NOTE: Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

 Dinner: Dinner is at 6:00 p.m. at the hotel.
   
Accommodations: Harbour Towers Hotel & Suites
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Lecture and Field Trip: Flora and Fauna of Coastal BC /Beacon Hill Park/Whale and Marine Safari on the Strait of Juan de Fuca
(Monday, September 15)

Note: Our boat is a covered comfortable vessel with washroom facilities, complimentary coffee, tea, and hot chocolate. Guests can sit outside or inside. We do not use zodiacs.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at our hotel
 Morning: We begin our adventure with a lecture introducing the biogeoclimatic zones of the southern coast of British Columbia and the rich diversity and abundance of native species and habitats. Learn about the identified wildlife; species & ecosystems at risk; wetlands management; commercial recreational wildlife guidelines; and wildlife viewing sites. The second portion of our lecture focuses upon "Flora and Fauna of Coastal BC." Our naturalist leader uses slides to illustrate the species, their habitats and their life cycles. Learn about tides & intertidal zones; beach types; plants and algae; marine mammals; fin fish; intertidal invertebrates & adaptations; intertidal etiquette; creatures of docks and wharves; subtidal invertebrates; seasonal changes in species/migrations; and local field guides. We embark on a Nature Walk to Beacon Hill Park where we are introduced to the "Terrestrial Fauna of Coastal BC" as our naturalist leader uses slides to illustrate the species, their habitats and life cycles. Learn about characteristics of coastal rainforests; common plants and animals, adaptations and associations; old growth vs. second growth forests; wildlife trees; indicator species, soils and habitats; and sensitive environments. Management of wildlife, fish and their habitats is the priority land use but other uses may be permitted. In these areas, wildlife has special priority. .
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: This afternoon we embark upon a marine wildlife viewing adventure in one of the most spectacular settings on earth, the southern coast of Vancouver Island and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Our leaders are conservationists and pro-active in working to improve our environment and our natural resources. They are committed to responsible wildlife viewing and abide by the guidelines established by the Whale Watch Operators Association Northwest. Our vessels are equipped with engines that meet or exceed EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) standards. We join a marine safari that meets the highest safety standards, yet is exhilarating and action packed. The adventure is highly educational and leaves a lasting and memorable impression of local scenic beauty and a good understanding of our marine wildlife eco-systems. View seals, sea lions and marine bird species. Skim the waves with schools of porpoise. Watch majestic eagles soar overhead and come close to nature's gentle giant and awesome predator, Orca, the Killer Whale. Experience the excitement as fins as tall as a man break the surface all around you and these magnificent creatures blow. An unforgettable 3 hours on the wild side!
 Dinner: Dinner on your own to explore the many dining options that Victoria has to offer.
 Evening: Evening is free for a walk or to catch up on rest.
   
Accommodations: Harbour Towers Hotel & Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 3: City Tour/Goldstream Park/Cowichan Bay Estuary/Chemainus/North Island Wildlife Recovery Center
(Tuesday, September 16)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at our hotel
 Morning: This morning we check out of our hotel and load luggage onto our motor coach. Before leaving the city, we will take you on a city tour including Dallas Road, Oak Bay, Uplands , UVic, and Mt. Tolmie where you are presented with a fantastic 360 degree panoramic view of the city, the Islands, and surrounding waters. Our destination is Courtenay on North Vancouver Island but we have much to see and learn on route. Our morning field trip is to Goldstream Park. Our guide will take you on a short walk along the river, through old-growth fir and cedar, explaining the life cycle of the salmon which populate these waters during the spawning period. Board the coach for a beautiful scenic, drive over the Malahat Pass to the quaint fishing village of Cowichan Bay. Again, we will walk along the Cowichan River Estuary and learn about the importance these areas play in marine habitat preservation. On to Duncan and the garry oak Reserve and the Somenos Marsh Bird Sanctuary to Chemainus for lunch and a tour of the murals. In the heartland of the Cowichan Valley, Chemainus was once a mill town home to the largest completely covered sawmill in North America. The Port was one of the first developed in the Pacific Northwest. It was believed that the forestry sector would always thrive, however, during the early 1980s, the industry began to show signs of decline and many jobs were lost. In 1982, a downtown revitalization project was initiated to give a fresh new look to a tired main street in Chemainus and Karl Schutz, a local businessman, came up with the concept of painting history on the walls of Chemainus. Today, there are 38 murals painted on the downtown business walls each painting depicting a moment in the history of the community. We experience this community in a unique way from aboard a covered, open air carriage as we view the murals and learn the fascinating history of this vital and courageous group of people.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.
 Afternoon: We continue our travels by motor coach to Errington and visit the Wildlife Recover Station & Educational Centre. This not for profit, volunteer facility receives injured wildlife from all over Vancouver Island and provides the necessary care and medical attention to heal before the creature is returned to the wild. Birds and animals which would be unable to survive in the wild are kept at the Educational Centre for the rest of their lives. We are able to view these animals closely and learn of their habitats, food requirements and physical features. The centre is beautifully designed and offers a wonderful introduction to Vancouver Island's fauna.
 Dinner: Dinner tonight at a local Courtenay restaurant.
 Evening: Time to explore Courtenay and enjoy a walk to the Estuary or Downtown.
   
Accommodations: Harbour Towers Hotel & Suites or Travelodge Courtenay
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Grizzly Bear and Wildlife Viewing Cruise
(Wednesday, September 17)

Note: Bring your camera, binoculars, field guides, notebooks and curiosity. Don't forget to dress warm. This is a Covered Vessel.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the hotel.
 Morning: Our focus on this outing is to see Grizzly bears. We set off on our day trip in comfortable, safe, and fast marine vessels; travel through the exciting Seymour Narrows, Surge Narrows, Hole in the Wall, past Quadra, Cortex, Stuart and Senora Islands; where the Coast Mountains glaciers and ice fields perch high atop the peaks. Wildlife viewings on route could include Orca, Humpback, dolphin, porpoise, seals, sea lions, bald eagles, pelagic birds, otter and mink. The area is home to about 40 resident Grizzly bears. Before our arrival at areas where we may see Grizzlies, our guides will review the requirements necessary to avoid disturbing the shy and easily disturbed bears from their food source.
 Lunch: Lunch onboard Vessel.
 Afternoon: Bear and Wildlife Viewing continues. The Grizzly Bear is perhaps the greatest symbol of the wilderness. Its survival will be a testimony to our environmental commitment. Learn about their life cycle, habitat, foods, and encounters with humans including hunters and hikers. At low tide the bears feed along the inlet beaches, eating seaweed and turning over rocks to find crabs, barnacles and mussels. At the Orford River, we join our First Nations guides for a 10 minute bus ride to the viewing platforms, which are enclosed and built 10 feet above the ground along the salmon spawning grounds of the Orford River system. From here we watch Grizzlies fishing and feeding. The bears come within 10 feet of our platforms and provide never before experienced photo opportunities. We stay at the river for about 3 hours, so make sure you dress appropriately.
 Dinner: Dinner at a Courtenay restaurant.
 Evening: Evening is free to rest or explore the community of Courtenay.
   
Accommodations: Travelodge Courtenay
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Deep Bay Shellfish Research Center/IHOs Gallery and Bighouse/Goose Spit
(Thursday, September 18)

Note: The Research Center involves a marine vessel trip. Please be prepared for the weather.



   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at our hotel .
 Morning: Expand your knowledge with a Marine Biologist led presentation on the history of shellfish and related industries and how they have developed to now. Learn about the role of research in marine ecosystem health and what every person can do to help. Ask questions, share in discussion, embrace the opportunity to learn. Get your hands wet and play with the creatures in the touch tanks. ·Board the Chetlo research vessel built by VIU students for a tour of Baynes Sound. Bring your camera, binoculars, field guides, notebooks and curiosity. Don't forget to dress warm. After the trip return to the field station for a hot bowl of soup with lunch.
 Lunch: Delicious lunch provided by the Culinary Program of Vancouver Island University.
 Afternoon: This afternoon, you are given the opportunity to explore Courtenay, before we travel by coach to the town of Comox and the First Nations Reservation to visit the traditional bighouse where feasts and potlatches are hosted. Our local native guide will discuss her experiences with her culture. We will learn about her people's relationship to their environment and the life forms that sustain them. Discover how a people developed and maintained a highly sophisticated culture that survived along this coast for thousands of years without a written language. View the art displayed in totem poles, crest carvings, paintings, and regalia. This is a unique and genuinely moving experience.
 Dinner: Dinner at a local restaurant.
 Evening: Bring Something Local Night. Enjoy locally produced, wine, cheese,smoked fish, etc., while our naturalist and group leader does a presentation called "From Sea to Cedars" , which emphasizes the role that the Pacific salmon plays on the West Coast.
   
Accommodations: Travelodge Courtenay
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Cathedral Grove/Coombs/Duncan: City of Totems
(Friday, September 19)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.
 Morning: Our motor coach awaits to return us to Victoria. We check out, load our luggage and we are off. Our first field trip is Cathedral Grove, an old growth forest. Cathedral Grove, home to a wide variety of plant species and wildlife, stretches aver 136,00 hectares of forestland consisting of Douglas Fir, Western Red Cedar, Western Hemlock, Broadleaf Maple and Balsam Fir. Douglas Fir is the dominating species in this region with some trees estimated to be 800 years old and with the majority ranging from 300-400 years old. Learn about old-growth forests and the sizes, species, composition age class structure. Learn about the wide variation of trees and spacing the accumulation of large dead standing and fallen trees; multiple canopy layers; canopy lapses and under story patchiness; as well as elements of decay such as broken or deformed tops or trunks and root decay. The tops of the trees form a cathedral-like ceiling high above, while the thick tree trunks rise from the floor of delicate fern. Then we're off to Coombs, a farm market and Village where goats live on the roof of the moss covered store. This market sells everything imaginable. After lunch we will give you some free time to explore.
 Lunch: Lunch at a local Coombs restaurant.
 Afternoon: After some free time in Coombs, we travel back through Duncan and view the Totem Poles that make Duncan famous. We arrive back in Victoria in time to rest up before our Farewell Dinner.
 Dinner: Dinner at Hotel
 Evening: This evening session is program wrap up. Your leader will help with the last minute travel arrangements and early breakfasts. Final evening to explore beautiful Victoria.
   
Accommodations: Harbour Towers Hotel & Suites
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Program Concludes/Departure
(Saturday, September 20)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.
 Morning: Departures after breakfast according to individual travel plans. Check-out is 11:00 a.m. Bon Voyage!


This concludes our program. We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys.

   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


Field Guide to the Grizzly Bear


Author: Lance Olsen


Description: PAPER, 48 PAGES, $6.95 Sponsored by the Great Bear Foundation, this pocket book in the Sasquatch Field Guide series is a brief introduction to the ecology, natural history and conservation of the grizzly. (Item no. BST38)



Coastal Bears


Author: Keith Scott


Description: A complete guide to the bears of the British Columbia Coast. Stories and an abundance of pictures of Black, Grizzly, and even Spirit Bears.



The West Beyond the West, A History of British Columbia


Author: Jean Barman


Description: PAPER, 834 PAGES, $32.95 A general history of the Canadian province from the 18th century to the mid-1990s. (Item no. CND116)



National Geographic 5th Edition Field Guide to Birds of North America


Author: Jon L. Dunn and Jonathan Alderfer


Description: Birding is the fastest growing wildlife-related activity in the U.S., and even conservative estimates put the current number of U.S. birders at 50 million. According to the New York Times, some authorities predict that by 2050 there will be more than 100 million—and the National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America will be the essential reference for field identification and the cornerstone of any birder's library. This is the ultimate, indispensable bird field guide—comprehensive, authoritative, portable, sturdy, and easier than ever to use.



The Sibley Field Guide to Birds of Western North America


Author: David Sibley


Description: PAPER, 474 PAGES, $19.95 A compact, geographically-specific version of the Sibley Guide with all-new range maps, the same glorious illustrations and expanded descriptions of each bird with status, habitat, range, voice and identifying marks. The book covers 703 species of birds occurring west of the Rockies. (Item no. USW418)



I Heard the Owl Call my Name


Author: Margaret Craven


Description: The story of Mark Brian, a young vicar who is sent to a Native Indian village called Kingcome in British Columbia. He was sent by his bishop who knows that Mark is suffering from an unnamed, fatal disease. But he had a method to his madness... he wanted Mark to live the rest of his life to the fullest and not worry about the future he will never have. Mark struggles to gain acceptance from the people in the village by stressing the unity between their beliefs and his. Meanwhile, the villagers teach him about living in harmony with nature and accepting his fate.





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